I had first seen this property on my trip to Panajachel about 5 years ago and even though I did not stay here I wanted to check it out. When the opportunity to return to Pana came up I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I had one of the corner suites and I don't think you could find any better view of the lake. You will see lots and lots of pictures here and the photos don't lie, it is just an amazing view. The hotel was clean, the grounds are well maintained, I had very little interaction with the staff but they were friendly and efficient. One day there was a temporary problem with the elevator and the man in the front quickly noticed and showed us the service elevator to use so we wouldn't have to climb up to the 5th floor. While I didn't eat there I did see the food (they had a buffet that seemed popular) and it looked good. There is a free cocktail, (the hotel special) but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are fond of cucumber... we only took a sip of ours and left them. I travel with bottled water but there was filtered water just outside our door we could have used. The room safe was on the smaller side compared to the ones I have seen but certainly big enough to hold your passport, money, or jewelery etc. The bed was comfortable and from my bed I had a view of the lake without even getting up. During the day there is so much natural light that fills the room that during the evening it seems a bit dark even though there are a lot of lights, I suspect this is because the hotel is using energy efficient bulbs that are not as bright.
I only had 3 nights at the Porta but in all honesty I would have liked several more. I walked around the streets both day and night and felt perfectly safe, there are wonderful little restaurants all along the main streets, many with lake views, and the shopping is good too with prices cheaper than in the capital or in Antigua. I hope to go back in a few months and will make a point to eat there so I can evaluate the food. A big thank you to the staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Porta Hotel Panajachel
- Porta Hotel Del Lago Panajachel, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan